Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Round 11 of the Amazon vs Everybody Wars: Amazon vs Great Britain

In the latest round of the Amazon vs Everybody Wars, Great Britain is calling for an anti-trust inquiry into Amazon's bad "behaviour."

Amazon's book sales accounted for nearly one-third of all book sales in the UK, and nearly 80% of ebook sales. Britain's booksellers are worried, and rightly so, that they will be driven out of business. 

The inquiry will investigate precisely how Amazon is smashing the competition, but there will be no surprises concerning Amazon's tactics.

Because Amazon is the "everything store" it can afford to lose money on books. Amazon has claimed that it is on the "side of the consumers" by keeping prices low, but, in reality, it is merely using its broad sales platform to drive all of its competitors out of business. Once there is no competition, Amazon can do what it likes.

British retailers and book publishers are attempting to provide online sales outlets to compete with Amazon, but, so far, they have not had great success.  Frankly, it may be a case of "too little, too late."

So far, the US has not taken a stand on the Amazon empire - nor will it ever. Despite our official support of free trade, we believe in monopolies.

Rounds (so far) in the Amazon vs Everybody Wars (click on the red title to view)

Round 10 of the Amazon vs Everybody Wars: Amazon vs Japan
Amazon ranks publishers according to how much they pay Amazon. Publishers call it "blackmail."

Round 9 of the Amazon vs Everybody Wars: Amazon vs Authors
900 American authors post a letter in the NYT asking people to write to Jeff Bezos about his hardball tactics. 1000 European authors follow suit.

Round 8 of the Amazon vs Everybody Wars: Amazon vs Disney
Amazon removes the preorder option of nearly every title from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment.

Round 7 of the Amazon vs Everybody Wars: Amazon vs the FTC
The FTC says it is "seeking full refunds for all affected consumers, disgorgement of Amazon's ill-gotten gains, and a court order ensuring that in the future Amazon obtains permission before imposing charges for in-app purchases."

Round 6 of the Amazon vs Everybody Wars: Amazon vs The Authors Guild
"The Guild has often opposed Amazon’s more ruthless tactics, not because we’re anti-Amazon but because we believe the company has stepped over the line and threatened the publishing ecosystem in ways that jeopardize both our livelihoods and the future of authorship itself."

Round 5 of the Amazon vs Everybody Wars: Amazon vs France
French lawmakers adopt a bill that prevents Amazon and other online giants from offering free deliveries of discounted books, in a bid to support the country's small bookshops. (Amazon sidesteps the law by offering deliveries for one penny.)

Round 4 of the Amazon vs Everybody Wars: Amazon vs Germany
German publishers launch an antitrust complaint against Amazon.

Amazon Socks it to Time Warner: Authors, Are You Paying Attention?
Amazon Stops Taking Advance Orders for ‘Lego’ and Other Warner Videos

Amazon Squashes Major Publishing House - Again (Hachette)
Amazon delays publication of Hachette titles, stalls shipments, removes pre-order capabilities, and raises prices while offering cheaper substitutes.

Round 1 in the Amazon vs Everybody Wars was Amazon vs Macmillan.
Amazon pulls all Macmillan books, including its imprints Farrar, Straus & Giroux, St. Martins Press and Henry Holt in a pricing dispute. 
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Publishers call for UK antitrust inquiry into Amazon

By Henry Mance, Financial Times, September 18, 2014

British publishers have called for a competition inquiry into Amazon’s dominance, saying that the UK’s retail book market “suffers from a chronic and debilitating imbalance for authors, publishers and booksellers”.

The move is the latest broadside against Amazon – which is already facing a protracted battle against French publisher Hachette and a competition complaint from German booksellers.

Read the rest of this article here.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Self-Publishing Boom in Great Britain

According to Steve Bohme, research director at Nielsen Book, the British self-published market is a "growth industry," meaning it is still quite small compared to overall sales of books. That may put somewhat of a damper on its spectacular growth. Nonetheless, 18 million self-published titles purchased (worth £59 million) is nothing to sneeze at.

While the book industry continues to regard the self-publishing market with a somewhat lazy eye, Amazon has not. As a consequence, it is attracting increasing numbers of self-published authors, even as it undercuts its competition.

Great Britain is taking steps to curb Amazon's enthusiasm, but given the growing popularity of its self-publishing platform, as well as the increasing use of ebook readers, it's not likely traditional retailers will be able to get a foot in the door of the ebook market. Especially now that self-published authors are beginning to gain a following on Amazon.
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Self-publishing boom lifts sales by 79% in a year

By Alison Flood - The Guardian, June 13, 2014

As authors are becoming more established, they get followings, just like mainstream authors, so the self-published market is becoming more like the traditionally published market," [Bohme] said.

"Self-published ebooks tend to be impulse buys, discovered by browsing in genre, or in the recommendation or offer sections. However, they are increasingly planned, via author. [So] price and blurb are the top prompts to buy self-published ebooks, but series and characters are increasingly important."

Read the rest of this article here.

Friday, September 26, 2014

2 Literary Agents Actively Seeking Writers

Here are two agents actively building their client lists. Brent is a new agent at TriadaUS. Lana is an established agent with a list of clients that she is seeking to expand.


Brent Taylor of TriadaUS Literary Agency 

About Brent: Prior to joining TriadaUS Literary Agency, Inc., he completed numerous internships in publishing, most recently at The Bent Agency. Find Brent on Twitter @NaughtyBrent

What he is seeking: “My tastes are eclectic, but all of my favorite novels are similar in that they have big commercial hooks and fantastic writing. I am seeking smart, fun, and exciting books for readers of middle grade, young adult, new adult, and select mystery/crime and women’s fiction.

Middle Grade: for younger readers I am on the hunt for a humorous, intelligent fantasy; a scare-the-pants-off-me ghost or haunting story; fast-paced literary writing similar in style to Jerry Spinelli and Cynthia Lord. I have soft spots for larger-than-life characters and atmospheric setting (creepy and/or quirky).

Young Adult: I’m always looking for genre-bending books that can be an exciting puzzlement when thinking about how precisely to market; specifically mystery and crime for teens, the grittier the better; high-concept contemporary stories with addicting romantic tension. I’m a sucker for themes of finding your place in the world, new beginnings, and summer-before-college stories. 

New Adult: my tastes in New Adult tend to be more darkly skewed but I would love a well-executed story that shares the same excitement, wonder, and invigoration of books like LOSING IT. Although I appreciate any story that’s told well in great language, in New Adult I’m more concerned with being entertained and gripped by the edge of my seat than in being stimulated.Adult: I would love a psychological suspense based on actual events, i.e. CARTWHEEL by Jennifer Dubois which fictionalized the Amanda Knox trial and hooked me from beginning to end. Alternatively, 

I’d love high-concept women’s fiction; either an exquisitely told story huge in size and scope, or a less ambitious novel that simply warms my heart.”

How to submit: Send your query letter and first ten pages pasted in the body of the message to brent [at] triadaus.com.

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About Lana: Lana Popovic holds a B.A. with honors from Yale University, a J.D. from the Boston University School of Law, where she focused on intellectual property, and an M.A. with highest honors from the Emerson College Publishing and Writing program. Prior to joining Chalberg & Sussman, Lana worked at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth, where she built a list of Young Adult and adult literary authors while managing foreign rights for the agency.

With an abiding love for dark, edgy themes and shamelessly nerdy fare—Battlestar Galactica and Joss Whedon are two of her great loves—Lana is looking for a broad spectrum of Young Adult and Middle Grade projects, from contemporary realism to speculative fiction, fantasy, horror, sci-fi, and historical. For the adult market, Lana is interested in literary thrillers, horror, fantasy, sophisticated erotica and romance, and select nonfiction. An avid traveler, she has a particular fondness for stories set in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia, although she also loves reading deep and original stories about American subcultures. She will be a panelist at the Boston Book Festival this year, and also the AWP 2015 conference.

You can follow her on Twitter at @LanaPopovicLit.

What she is seeking:

Young Adult/Middle Grade Fiction: Contemporary/realistic, mysteries, thrillers, fantasy, historical, horror, sci-fi

Adult Fiction: Literary thrillers, sci-fi, horror, romance, erotica, women’s literary fiction

Adult Nonfiction: Pop culture, blog-to-book, literary memoir

How to contact: To query Lana, please e-mail lana [at] chalbergsussman.com with the first ten pages of the manuscript included in the body of the e-mail. Lana accepts queries by e-mail only.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Writers of the Future Contest - For Sci-fi and Fantasy Writers (No Entry Fee)

If you are a sci-fi or fantasy writer, this is a great contest to enter. It's free, and the prizes are substantial. 

This is a contest for amateur writers only. (See rules below.) So, if you have published a book, or more than three stories in professional publications (at professional rates), you are not eligible.

You can submit an unpublished sci-fi short story or novella (up to 17,000 words). The contest is held four times a year, so there are ample chances to win.

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From the website:

L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Contest is an opportunity for new and amateur writers of new short stories or novelettes of science fiction or fantasy. No entry fee is required. Entrants retain all publication rights. All awards are adjudicated by professional writers only. Prizes every three months: $1,000, $750, $500, Annual Grand Prize: $5,000 additional!


1. No entry fee is required, and all rights in the story remain the property of the author. All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome.

2. By submitting to the Contest, the entrant agrees to abide by all Contest rules.

3. All entries must be original works, in English. Plagiarism, which includes the use of third-party poetry, song lyrics, characters or another person’s universe, without written permission, will result in disqualification. Excessive violence or sex, determined by the judges, will result in disqualification. Entries may not have been previously published in professional media.

4. To be eligible, entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. We regret we cannot consider poetry, or works intended for children.

5. The Contest is open only to those who have not professionally published a novel or short novel, or more than one novelette, or more than three short stories, in any medium. Professional publication is deemed to be payment of at least six cents per word, and at least 5,000 copies, or 5,000 hits.

6. Entries submitted in hard copy must be typewritten or a computer printout in black ink on white paper, printed only on the front of the paper, double-spaced, with numbered pages. All other formats will be disqualified. Each entry must have a cover page with the title of the work, the author’s legal name, a pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and an approximate word count. Every subsequent page must carry the title and a page number, but the author’s name must be deleted to facilitate fair, anonymous judging.

Entries submitted electronically must be double-spaced and must include the title and page number on each page, but not the author’s name. Electronic submissions will separately include the author’s legal name, pen name if applicable, address, telephone number, e-mail address and approximate word count.

7. Manuscripts will be returned after judging only if the author has provided return postage on a self-addressed envelope.

8. We accept only entries that do not require a delivery signature for us to receive them.

9. There shall be three cash prizes in each quarter: a First Prize of $1,000, a Second Prize of $750, and a Third Prize of $500, in US dollars. In addition, at the end of the year the winners will have their entries rejudged, and a Grand Prize winner shall be determined and receive an additional $5,000. All winners will also receive trophies.

10. The Contest has four quarters, beginning on October 1, January 1, April 1 and July 1. The year will end on September 30. To be eligible for judging in its quarter, an entry must be postmarked or received electronically no later than midnight on the last day of the quarter. Late entries will be included in the following quarter and the Contest Administration will so notify the entrant.

11. Each entrant may submit only one manuscript per quarter. Winners are ineligible to make further entries in the Contest.

12. All entries for each quarter are final. No revisions are accepted.

13. Entries will be judged by professional authors. The decisions of the judges are entirely their own, and are final.

14. Winners in each quarter will be individually notified of the results by phone, mail or e-mail.

15. This Contest is void where prohibited by law.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Amazon Opens Its Doors to Self-Publishers of Children's Books

Even as half of Europe is sharpening their spears in preparation for a protracted war on Amazon, the self-publishing giant has made it even easier to publish books for children.

The main sticking point of uploading children’s books onto Amazon’s platform has been the difficulty of getting illustrations to convert to Kindle. Amazon appears to have solved that problem with KDP Kids, a publishing platform that allows authors to import illustrations, add pop-ups, and preview illustrated books with Kindle Kids' Book Creator.

More to the point, KDP Kids allows authors to target the parents - the people who are going to buy your book - of children in their demographic.
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Amazon Unveils KDP Kids

Source: Publishers Weekly, Sep 04, 2014

In a move designed to attract and support children’s book authors and self-publishers, Amazon has launched KDP Kids, a children's-focused illustrated and chapter book category in the Kindle Store.

Amazon is also introducing the Kindle Kids’ Book Creator, a set of authoring tools designed to facilitate the creation and production of kids’ digital titles for the Kindle format, including illustrated titles. Commenting on the launch and ability to create illustrated books, Kindle senior v-p Russ Grandinetti said, “No one should have to be a computer programmer to create a beautiful, illustrated book for kids."

The move marks the continuing growth of digital self-publishing in general as well as the growing number of children’s books already available via KDP. Under the new KDP Kids category, authors will also have access to the Kindle Kids Book Creator, which offers software tools (available for Windows and Mac OS) that can take advantage of Kindle format features like pop-up text, previews and the importation of illustrations.

KDP Kids authors can prepare their prose or illustrated books, upload them to KDP Kids and use a variety of filters for age, grade and reading levels to place the title and attract the specific customer leveled for their titles. Through the KDP Kids platform, authors can earn up to a 70% royalty depending upon book price.

KDP Kids authors will also have access to Kindle Marketing tools such as Countdown Deals and Free Book promotions. They are also eligible to enroll in Kindle Unlimited, Amazon’s e-book subscription service, and the Kindle Lending Library.

Friday, September 19, 2014

List of Reviewers for Traditionally Published Books

Below is a list of reviewers who exclusively review works that have been published by publishing houses (large and small).

If you have published through a large (or small) publisher, why would you need to contact reviewers? Shouldn't your publisher take care of that?

And if you have self-published, or are considering self-publishing, why you would need a list of reviewers who only review books published through traditional houses?

The answer is:

1) Even if you have self-published a book, you may have published short stories in literary magazines. If you decide to sell your published stories on Amazon (and I hope you consider doing that because it's a good way to get readers), they will need reviews, and 2) Publishers do the bare minimum - if anything - to secure reviews.

No matter how you publish, it's up to you to find reviewers.

Many of the reviewers on this list have heavily trafficked sites, and they cross post their reviews on other sites, which means even one well-placed review can reach a broad audience. Most will accept ebooks and/or PDF files, which cuts down on shipping costs. (Make sure you have a PDF file as well as a mobi file of your book to send to reviewers.)

As always, read review guidelines carefully, and follow them.

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Website Review Policy Contact Where Posted Genres
A Book Geek http://abookgeek-llm.blogspot.com
/p/review-policy.html

Accepts ARCs, ebooks
abookgeek
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads
Literary fiction,
historical fiction,
classics,
urban fantasy,
science fiction,
dystopian, fantasy,
some Young Adult
A Bookish
Libraria

Deborah
Jessica
Catherine
http://abookishlibraria.blogspot.
com/p/credits.html

Accepts ARCs and books
some Kindle
jessicamagill
@gmail.com

thebookish
dame
@aol.com
Website Many genres
Alison's Book
Marks
http://www.alisonsbookmarks.
com/p/review-policy.html

Accepts ebooks
APSkap
@comcast.net
Website
Amazon
Goodreads
Get Glue
Twitter
Facebook
Pinterest
Google+
Literary
fiction,
historical
fiction,
memoirs,
biographies, fantasy,
mysteries,
series, YA,
MG,
and graphic
novels
All Things
Urban Fantasy
http://allthingsuf.com/review-policy

Accepts print, PDF, EPUB,
MOBI, and audiobooks
Contact
@AllThingsUF.
com

Also online form
Website
Amazon
Goodreads
Twitter
Urban Fantasy
Paranormal Romance
Paranormal YA
Speculative Fiction
(Dystopian,
Steampunk)
A Lovely Bookshelf http://www.lovelybookshelf.
com/p/review-policy.html
monika.lovelybookshelf
@gmail.com
Website Literary
fiction
surreal /
magical
realism fiction
contemporary fiction
(including
women's
fiction)
short stories
memoirs
sci-fi
a wide variety
of
non-fiction
(especially parenting,
faith, or
classical music)
children's titles
Batch of Books http://www.batchofbooks.com/
p/review-policy.html
reviewkidsbooks
@gmail.com
Website Children's books to age 18
Bibliophile By the Sea http://bibliophilebythesea.
blogspot.com/p/
book-review-policy.html
bibliophilebythesea
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads,
Amazon
Literary Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical
Fiction
Mystery/
Suspense/
Psychological Fiction/Coming of Age
Memoirs
Cookbooks
Childrens Books (ages 0-7)
Book 'Em with
The Hodgenator!
http://bookemadventures.blogspot.
com/p/review-policy.html

Print and ebooks

Hosts blog tours, interviews,
and giveaways
bookemadventures
@gmail.com

Website,
Goodreads,
Amazon,
Facebook,
Shelfari,
Pinterest,
Twitter, and Tumblr
Children's, tween, and
YA novels
Bookish Bella

Bella
http://bookishbella.blogspot.
com.au/p/review-policy_17.html

bellaleeheart
@gmail.com
Website
Facebook
and Twitter
Fantasy, Contemporary Fiction, Paranormal, Romance,
Sci-fi and Young Adult
Books, Bones & Buffy

Tammy
http://booksbonesbuffy.com/
about/

Posts interviews, and giveaways
Online form Website Adult and young adult fantasy,
science
fiction,
horror, and
literary
fiction
Buried By Books

Amber
http://buriedbybooks.blogspot.com
/p/review-policy-and-
contact-info.html

Accepts print and ebooks
buriedbybooks
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads,
Amazon,
Barnes & Noble
Historical romance, contemporary romance, paranormal romance,
erotic fiction, category
fiction,
mysteries and
the
occasional cookbook
or
other
non-fiction
title
Call Me Crazy YA Reviews

Katie
http://www.callmecrazyreviews.
com/p/
review-policy.html

ARCs only

Does interviews, and hosts
giveaways
callmecrazyreviews
@rocketmail.com
Website,
Amazon,
Goodreads,
B&N
YA, NA, Middle
grade
Civilian Reader

UK
http://civilian-reader.blogspot.com
/p/about-cr.html
civilian.reader
@hotmail.co.uk
Website Sci-fi,
fantasy
and
American political/
crime
thrillers
Compass Book Ratings

12 reviewers
http://www.compassbookratings.
com/contact-us/publishers-
and-authors/
Online form

Submissions through publicist only

Website Many
genres
Curiosity Killed the Bookworm

Ellie

UK
http://www.curiositykilledthe
bookworm.net/p/policies.html

Accepts print and Kindle

http://www.curiositykilledthe
bookworm.
net/p/contact-me.html
Website Young adult, urban fantasy, mythology, chick-lit, science fiction, translated works and narrative non-fiction
Esther's Ever After http://everafteresther.blogspot.com
/p/policies.html

Print and Kindle

Does interviews, and hosts
giveaways
everafteresther.reviews
@gmail,com
Website YA
Falcata Times http://falcatatimes.blogspot.com/

Scroll down left column for policy
http://kontactr.com/user/
drosdelnoch
Website Horror,
Urban
Fantasy,
True Crime, Historical Fiction
and others
Feeling a Little Bookish

Meaghan
http://bookworm-meags222.blogspot.com/p/my-
review-policy.html

Does interviews, and hosts giveaways
meaghan.nicolaiff
@gmail.com
Website Adult
fiction
and
literature,
and YA
novels
Good Books and Good Wine http://goodbooksandgoodwine.
com/review-policy

Accepts print and Kindle

Does interviews, and hosts
giveaways
goodbooksandgoodwine
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads
and Amazon
YA and
Middle Grade
Happy
Indulgence
http://www.happyindulgence
books.com/review-policy/

Accepts paperback and
Kindle files
happyindulgence
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads
and Amazon
YA,
New Adult, Urban
Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Romance, Contemporary, Dystopia, Fiction
In the Forest of Stories

Memory

Canada
http://memoryscarlett.blogspot.ca
/p/review-policy.html

PDF files, epub files, ARCs
xicanti
@gmail.com
Website Fantasy. Science
fiction.
Horror. Romance. Historical fiction.
Queer fiction, comics,
and young adult fiction across all genres
Jenuine Cupcakes http://jenuinecupcakes.blogspot.
com/p/review-policy-star-
rating.html

Cover Reveals, Blog Tours,
Interviews and Giveaways
jenuinecupcakes
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads
NetGalley
Edelweiss
Booklikes
Tumblr
Barnes & Noble
Amazon
IndieBound
and YA Books
Central
http://www.yabooks
central.com/
YA fiction
Kal-El the BookGeek
Beauty
http://www.thebookgeekbeauty.
blogspot.com
/p/review-guidelines.html

Print and ebook copies
bookgeekbeauty003
@gmail.com
Website,
Amazon and
Goodreads
NA,
YA,
PR,
UF,
Chick Lit, Dystopian,
and some Erotica
La Femme Readers http://lafemmereaders.blogspot.
com/p/reviewpromoting-policy.html

Print and Kindle
lafemmereaders
@yahoo.com
Website,
Amazon and
Goodreads
YA
Mermaid With A Book

Singapore
http://mermaidwithabook.
blogspot.sg/p/
review-policy.html
gohsherlyn
@yahoo.com,sg
Website YA
My Bookish Ways

Kristin

15,000 pageviews per month
http://www.mybookishways.
com/review-policy

Interviews, and sometimes,
giveaways
mybookishways
@yahoo.com
Website Urban
fantasy, fantasy, mystery,
sci-fi,
horror,
and thrillers
Mysteries and My Musings http://mysterysuspence.blogspot.com
/p/review-policy.html
mysterysuspense1
@gmail.com
Website Mystery/
suspense fiction
Neth Space http://nethspace.blogspot.com
/2006/10/blog-post.html

Accepts print and ebooks
nethspace
@gmail.com
Website Sci-fi,
Fantasy
Rex Robot Reviews http://www.rexrobotreviews.
com/p/review-policy.html

Accepts ARCs, bound copies and
ebooks

Participates in ARC Tours,
Author Interviews, Blog Tours,
Giveaways & Guest Posts
rexreadingrobot
@gmail.com
Website,
Amazon and
Goodreads
Fantasy (Urban,
Dark)
Steampunk (All)
Young Adult (Dystopia, Contemporary, Paranormal)
Romance (Paranormal, Historical, Suspense)
Horror
Mystery
Romance Book Scene http://www.romancebookscene
.com/

Print and ebooks accepted
submissions
@romancebookscene.com
Website Romance
Tales of the Ravenous Reader

Nancy
http://www.lushbudgetproduction
.com/p/about-me.html

Print and ebooks
curlyshoe
@gmail.com
Website YA
That Artsy Reader Girl http://www.thatartsyreadergirl.com/
policies-disclaimers/

Kindle (mobi) files, bound books, and audiobooks

JanaSparkles
@yahoo.com
Website
Goodreads
YA (any and
all, but
especially contemporary romance),
 adult fiction, chick
lit, romance (historical, paranormal, contemporary, dystopian,
 etc.), mystery/
suspense,
children's
The Booka
holic
http://the-bookaholic.blogspot.com/p/review-policy.html miss.pixie08
@gmail.com
Website
Goodreads
and elsewhere
if requested
YA
Paranormal Romance
Fantasy (modern/
urban)
Dystopian
Horror
Historical Fiction
The Book Swarm http://thebookswarm.com
/review-policy
thebookswarm
@gmail.com

and online form
Website YA novels, science
fiction/
fantasy,
urban
fantasy, paranormal
and romance,
mystery,
travel
The Most Happy Reader http://themosthappyreader.
blogspot.com/p/review-policy.html

Accepts print and ebooks (PDF or Kindle for Mac format)
mosthappyreader
@gmail.com
Website
Amazon
Goodreads
B&N
Historical fiction,
general
fiction and non-fiction
The Qwillery http://qwillery.blogspot.com/p/
review-policy-contact.html
Online Form Website Speculative fiction:
urban fantasy, paranormal romance, historical fantasy,
science fiction, including science fiction romance, steampunk, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic
and post-apocalyptic fiction
The Realm of Books

Katerina
http://therealmof-books.blogspot.com/p/review-policy_5.html

Prefers print
katthorson1@gmail.com Website Teen and YA,
Sci-fi,
paranormal romance
Uncorked Thoughts

Leah

UK
http://uncorkedthoughts.
blogspot.co.uk/p/review-policy
.html

Accepts mobi, PDF, ARCs
Online Form Website
Goodreads
Amazon
(if requested)
Twitter
Facebook
Fantasy/
Urban Fantasy
Paranormal/ Paranormal Romance
Sci-fi
Dystopia
Mythological
Young Adult
Crime
Steampunk
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Friday, September 12, 2014

2 New Agents with Established Agencies Looking for Clients

Here are two new agents looking to build their client lists. Genevieve Nine's agency, Andrea Hurst, is well regarded in the industry. Valerie Noble works for one of the few Canadian agencies.

I am a fan of new agents. They are hard-working, enthusiastic, and energetic. And they love their clients. These are essential qualities for pitching to an editor.

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About Genevieve Nine: Genevieve joined Andrea Hurst Literary Management as an intern in 2012. She has a background in professional editing and gets great satisfaction from developing authors. She’s a Creative Writing MFA candidate at the Northwest Institute of Literary Arts, holds a Certificate in Children’s Writing from the University of Washington, and graduated with honors and a B.A. from the USC School of Cinema & Television. When not reading or writing, Genevieve enjoys watching her Sherlock DVDs, planning future travels, and embarking on culinary adventures. She and her husband live in Seattle with their two naughty cats, Selkie and Napoleon. Follow Genevieve on Twitter @GenevieveNine.

What she is looking for: Within young adult and middle grade, she’s looking to acquire:
  • Fantasy (open to all subgenres except game-related) 
  • Science Fiction 
  • Mystery 
  • Historical Fiction Retellings (classics, fairy/folk tale, myth) 
  • Contemporary Realism (especially with elements of humor)
She also represents the following adult and new adult categories:
  • Mystery (detective/PI, amateur, cozy, historical, comic, caper)
  • Thriller (supernatural, historical, disaster, ecological)
  • Gothic/Hauntings/Quiet Horror
  • Historical Fiction
  • Retellings (classics, fairy/folk tale, myth)
  • Romantic Comedy
  • Magical Realism
  • Food Memoir
  • Travelogue/Travel Memoir
She is not seeking:
  • Hard SF/Military SF/Space Opera
  • Graphic Horror
  • Erotica
  • Religious Fiction/Nonfiction
  • Short Stories
How to submit: querygenevieve@andreahurst.com. Email queries only. ŸNo attachments. ŸInclude “Query: Book Title” in the email’s subject line. ŸPaste the first ten pages of manuscript below your query. ŸPlease state if manuscript has been previously self-published. ŸPlease state if query is a multiple submission and inform Genevieve if the project becomes no longer available for representation.

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About Valerie: Valerie Noble is an Associate Agent at Donaghy Literary Group. While studying chemistry at California State University, Long Beach, Valerie mastered the art of doing proper research, particularly for technical writing. Her love of science and reading merged when she began penning her first novel in the midst of her studies. In true scientific fashion, Valerie researched all there was to know about publishing. She connected with agents, editors, and other writers, and interned for Jessica Sinsheimer of Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.

An education is never finished and Valerie continues to cultivate relationships and hopes to use her knowledge and skills in finding fresh new voices for Donaghy Literary Group.

What she is looking for: Valerie is seeking Young Adult, and New Adult — in the following areas:

• Science Fiction YA/NA
• Fantasy YA/NA
• Historical Fantasy YA/NA
• Historical Fiction YA/NA

Valerie loves YA/NA science fiction and fantasy (think Kristin Cashore and Suzanne Collins) but reads everything under the sun. For her, it’s more about the writing and less about the genre. In saying that, Valerie is generally not interested in romance or paranormal.

How to submit: Electronic Submissions only. Send the query letter, 1-2 page synopsis and the first 10 pages of manuscript — all in body of email, no attachments. Send to query(at)donaghyliterary(dot)com.